5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
music to open up the ears of your mind,
By A Customer
This review is from: Used Songs (1973-1980) (Audio CD)
Once this music runs thru your head, you can't do anything else. It's as though the world stops to listen to that voice of velvet and gravel. Waites sounds about a thousand years old.In "Heartattack & Wine" the shiver of music comes from the saxes, echoing his broken voice & unbroken rhythms, that sound like the soul of all the railroad hoboes ever. "Blue Valentine" drenched in melancholy, singing the anniversary of the someone he used to be, lifts into little rises of tenderness, picked up by sad guitar notes & Crawford's wonderful solo. "Looking For The Heart of Saturday Night" brings a smoother voice, a vocal equivalent of an Edward Hopper painting, where the footsteps patter through the night-time pavements of the track with a wonderful inevitability.When he's whispering and growling to his piano in "Muriel",there are flights of notes from the sax that extends the voice and the emotions, and your heart wrenches. When he sings with Bette Midler "I Never Talk To Strangers" his voices lurches, to mimic a drunk on a subway, and her voice weaves thru. It's a witty song, and I suppose it wans't improvised, but it has the spontanaeity of two friends having such a good time, and hey - it's just a coincidence there were a couple of backing musicians alongside this conversation! Unbelievably, two such different voices swing together delightfully, and the final spoken comment has such gentle warmth. Urban bleakness vanishes from that track.
I had thought nothing would be better than "Bone Machine." I was wrong.